Spine Surgery Best Practices

Lumbar spinal fusion ED readmissions affect HCAHPS scores: 5 key trends

A new study published in The Spine Journal examines emergency department visits among lumbar spine surgery patients. The study specifically targets how the ED visits associate with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys. The study covers patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery between 2013 and 2015, excluding patients with spinal malignancy or scoliosis.

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‘Strong for surgery’ shows promise in reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery

A new American College of Surgeons (ACS) quality improvement program that moves the concept of the checklist (used in operating rooms across the country to reduce medical mishaps) out of the operating room and into the preoperative setting is linked to a two-thirds decrease in the rate of smoking in patients undergoing cervical and lumbar spine procedures, according to new findings presented yesterday at the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Conference.

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Free Webinar – The Next Generation of Spine Care: Place, Provider, Price

Speakers: Dr. Nikhil Thakur, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Director- Spine Center at Orthopaedics Northeast
Robin Hynds, MSN, RN, CPHM, Vice President, Care Continuum, Lawrence General Hospital
Dawn Bollhardt, BS, RN, MSN, CNL Program Manager, Spine and Orthopedics, Lawrence General Hospital
Patrick Vega, M.S., and Djamel Bayliche, Vice Presidents with Corazon Inc. Consulting
Date/Time: Thurs, July 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe and Corazon Inc.

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Primary Care Physicians: The Base of the Spine ‘Consultation Chain’

According to national surveys, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) are the leading source for spine referrals, followed by word-of-mouth referrals and advertising, respectively.

The reasons can be manifold, but most often the PCP does not have the time to make a formal diagnosis based on pain or other patient complaints, and can only triage for symptoms and ensure that pathologies are identified if present before referring to a specialist.

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